By: Alex Frascino, MS, LMFT

Discussions regarding suicide have become notably more prevalent in recent years. There has been a great concern due to increased suicide rates, especially amongst the younger population. The suicide rate has increased from 11.3 suicides per 100,000 people in 2007 to 12.6 suicides per 100,000 people in 2013 (Singer, J. 2017). But what could be causing this increase?

It is difficult to pinpoint one specific factor that could have caused this increase, but it is still important to understand that it exists and that we can make a difference. In many communities, there still exists a taboo around and a hesitancy to address the issue of suicide. Sometimes we may fear that the very discussion will influence others to develop or act on suicidal thoughts they may already have. It is important to recognize, however, that merely discussing the topic does not influence someone who already has suicidal thoughts to act on them.

When addressing the topic of suicide, it is important to know which factors can increase one’s vulnerability to suicidal ideation. Some of these factors to consider are: emotional distress, exposure to violence, family conflict, relationship issues, lack of social support, drug/alcohol abuse, recurring self-injurious behavior and previous suicide attempts. These factors do not, however, necessarily directly cause a person to commit suicide, and can occur at the same time.

If you have seriously thought about committing suicide or know anyone else who says that they have, contact us today so we can get you in as soon as possible and get you back on the road to living.

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